Reid not guilty! Bantams boss prepares case for winger’s defence after seeing red over yellow card decisions (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Reid not guilty! Bantams boss prepares case for winger’s defence after seeing red over yellow card decisions
The City boss is still fuming over his side’s three penalty claims that were ignored in Sunday’s draw at Oldham.
Two of them were for challenges on Reid – who was booked for “simulation” by referee David Webb after the second incident when he appeared to be nudged from behind by Sidney Schmeltz.
Reid was also yellow-carded for the same reason against Wolves at Valley Parade in October when he went tumbling in a clash with goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.
Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus after that game, Reid feared that he might be getting a reputation with officials for going down easily, like Gareth Bale last season or Ashley Young.
Parkinson is growing increasingly fed up with what he sees as unfair treatment for the winger and plans to tackle the issue head on.
He intends to highlight those three incidents plus another involving Reid at Gillingham on a DVD to send to Football League referees supremo David Allison.
And he is even considering making it public to ensure Reid does not get tainted because of his double booking for diving.
Parkinson said: “I’m going to send something to Dave Allison about the four instances and let the refs view them.
“I might do it on one of these websites where everybody can look at them as well.
“If you look at the Wolves one, it was almost laughable that a penalty wasn’t given that day. The Gillingham one (when City claimed Reid was clipped by defender Leon Legge) was the same – they were two of the clearest penalties you’ll see.
“Reidy does not dive. It’s not true, absolutely.
“He is a sharp player and he’s coming up against a lot of big, cumbersome defenders.
“But other than speak to Dave Allison, what more can we do?
“We never tell our players to dive. We want them to be honest and I think we should get our rewards for that.”
Reid previously told the T&A: “If you get contact, sometimes you can’t help but fall over. If you are off balance and get caught, there’s no way you can stand up.
“I’m not going to try to cheat to help my team. But if I’m in that area and get nudged and feel that I can’t keep my balance, then it’s fair to go down.”
City have been awarded only one spot-kick all season – and that was for handball.
Nahki Wells converted the stoppage-time penalty to rescue a draw against Coventry in their televised thriller last month.
Parkinson thinks the speedy Wells, who had the other claim rejected at Boundary Park, and Reid are being short-changed by officials.
He said: “It seems to be quite topical about players diving. Refs can’t wait to book someone for going down – how about they give a few more penalties for a change?”
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